The hybrid car market in India is slowly making progress with new players joining the fight. The latest catch around the rush back to the fashion is Camry hybrid. Their new green car breeds are expected to fill our market in the next few years, will set the standard in the future what will happen. In 2017, it was a brand new model that was how fares were mixed with its main rival Honda Accord.
The Accord and Camry are both entry-level E segment sedans which means they are by nature quite large and luxurious. Delving into the numbers shows that Accord is larger in terms of length but matches the Camry on all other fronts. It also a similar choice in terms of external elements like alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, LED DRLs and obviously the hybrid badging which gives the owner bragging rights that they are doing their bit for Mother Nature. The appearance is then about personal choice which in this case is a choice between the sharp and straight cut lines of the Accord or the curvy and slightly quirky design which has dominated the Camry in this generation.
If you have been following the many (many) comparisons that we have done over the years, it should be obvious that when you go past a certain price range, things like a touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, rear AC vents, electrically adjustable seats and possibly leather upholstery are all standard fitment. Even the layout of most items becomes a standard because big money has been spent on researching ergonomics and when you have similar proportions, the ability for things to fall to hand will be quite similar irrespective of the vehicle.
It then is the little things that matter when you are paying for luxury. Let us start with the Camry which has the upper hand over the Accord as it gets a TPMS, electric lumbar adjustment, seat memory, rear blinds and a 3 years/1 lakh warranty. The Accord fights back with ESP, remote boot opener, two 12V charging points and an electrically retractable sunroof. Also with the Accord your warranty holds out 2 years/40000km.
The Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 202bhp/213Nm with power going to the front wheels via an E-CVT gearbox. At speeds less than 40kmph the car runs on pure electric power but with a very limited range.
It’s a similar story with the Accord which is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 212bhp/315Nm with power going to the front wheels via a E-CVT. It too has a very puny pure electric range and it exists more for when the car is inching along in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Compared with some of the additional agreements may be more new car technology, Camry is a bit of clean water because the Camry is locally assembled, so the cost Rs 8 is relatively small. More importantly, since the local assembly, Camry also entered the reputation of concessions.